Lythrum alatum, Winged Loosestrife

Winged Loosestrife flowers

Winged Loosestrife is our native wetland loosestrife with stature and purple flower density different enough from the invasive "Purple Loosestrife" to avoid confusion. Do not confuse with Decodon verticillatus, Swamp Loosestrife either -a fairly rare magenta-purple flowered, water's edge plant in a few east-central counties centered around Anoka county.

Give Lythrum alatum a shot in your rain garden, at the edge of a pond, or within a sunny wetland restoration.

Blooms: magenta-purple, July into August

Height: 2 to 4 feet

Conditions: sun to part shade, wet to moist-medium